22 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

22 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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La Genetouze, France
— 3 nights
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Saint Fort sur Gironde, France
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ciutat Vella and Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona. Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Vicens and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Venture out of the city with trips to Tarragona (Anfiteatro de Tarragona & Circ Roma). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and stop by Las Ramblas.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder.

Cardiff, UK to Barcelona is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in August; daily highs in Barcelona reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 4 nights
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional de l'Automobil and Cal Pal Mill And Saw Works. Your inner history buff will appreciate Esglesia de Sant Miquel de Prats and Church of Sant Joan de Caselles. Take a break from Andorra la Vella with a short trip to Ruta Verdaguer - Estany de Creussans in Arinsal, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle de Incles, hike along Cami de Jou - Roc de la Cauba, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Serni de Canillo, and get outside with Jou-La Cauba Rock Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Aquitaine and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get outdoors at Plage La Salie Sud and Banc D'arguin. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes), Parc de la Coccinelle (in Gujan-Mestras) and La ville d'Hiver (in Arcachon). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau L'Eveques, and see the interesting displays at Musee Militaire du Perigord.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux online holiday builder.

Getting from Andorra la Vella to Bordeaux by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Genetouze.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

La Genetouze, France

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean and Musee Andre Voulgre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Villebois-Lavalette and La Base de Pleine Nature de Poltrot. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Genetouze: Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (Eglise Saint-Jacques & Place Trarieux), Montignac-le-Coq (Musee & Les Jardins du Coq) and Golf d'Aubeterre (in Pillac).

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Genetouze online road trip planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to La Genetouze in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Fort sur Gironde.

Things to do in La Genetouze

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Fort sur Gironde, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Montalivet Beach and La Plage Oceane. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Terres d'Oiseaux. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Fort sur Gironde side-trips: Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde), Plage du Pin Sec (in Naujac-sur-Mer) and Chateau Castera (in Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Pauillac.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Fort sur Gironde vacation maker tool.

You can drive from La Genetouze to Saint Fort sur Gironde in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saint Fort sur Gironde are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint Fort sur Gironde

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

La Rochelle, France

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and then examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette. On the next day, explore the activities along Vieux Port, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle.

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Traveling by car from Saint Fort sur Gironde to La Rochelle takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Saint Fort sur Gironde, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Charente-Maritime travel guide

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Landmarks · Aquariums · Zoos
Named after the Charente River, the Charente-Maritime department is where French inhabitants go to vacation on its 482 km (300 mi) of pristine coastline along the Atlantic Ocean with exceptional Gallo-Roman, medieval, and renaissance heritage. Located in the Poitou-Charentes region, this department offers beautiful scenery, a mild temperate climate, and a luminous quality of the light that makes this a painter's haven. Outdoor activities are bountiful with areas for fishing, sailing, and golfing as well as discovering wildlife and sightseeing in nature. At the southern tip is the "Haute Saintonge," a special area that is a bit like the land that time forgot with red-tiled Romanesque roofs where many of the locals still wear blue overalls and slippers for all occasions.